Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1871. Original bright green cloth decorated in gilt, beveled.
First Edition. This is actually what Longfellow considered to be Part I of a trilogy, the other two parts of which had already been published. It had to do with Cristendom through the ages -- the Apostolic, Middle and Modern Ages. THE GOLDEN LEGEND (1851) constituted Part II, and THE NEW ENGLAND TRAGEDIES (1868) Part III.~This copy is green (one of several colors used); in addition to regular copies such as this, a large paper issue was printed. Though a rather common book, this is an unusually fine, bright copy. Blanck 12157. Item #11693